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New wing of Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health to open in early 2021 WSU News Alert for West Nile Virus in Franklin County – Equine Disease Communication Center Prescribing oral opioids for dogs likely doesn’t help them, veterinary experts say – University of Illinois Veterinary Technicians Key to Underserved Rural Areas – Drovers Magazine Terrible pandemic is killing pigs around the world. Is the US next? – Washington Post New Federal Overtime Rules Go Into Effect January 1, 2020 – The National Law Review   Posted...

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Keep your controlled drug house in order or the DEA might be paying you a visit

  |   Federal Regulatory

As reported by the American Animal Hospital Association, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released its 2020 work plan to diversion investigators on October 1. In response to the opioid crisis, the plan outlines increased enforcement and the use of administrative resources that will be dedicated to identifying prescribers – including veterinarians – that are dispensing disproportionately large amounts of controlled drugs. With recent charges against a growing number of veterinarians for noncompliance and failure to prevent diversion, the profession has...

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WSU/CVM dean steps into university provost role

  |   Veterinary Medical Education

Washington State University announced on October 1 that Dr. Bryan Slinker, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, will step into the role of interim provost and executive vice president following the resignation of the former provost. Slinker, who served as dean for more than a decade announced his retirement earlier this year. He’ll fulfill his new position through June 2020 when a new provost is expected to be named. Dr. Robert Mealey, professor, and chair of the Department of Veterinary...

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Shine a Spotlight on Veterinary Technicians – An Update from the AVMA

  |   Practice Management

National Veterinary Technician Week is just around the corner (October 13-19) and it provides an excellent opportunity to highlight the important work done by veterinary technicians. One of the areas identified by the AVMA House of Delegates during recent meetings was the need for greater recognition of veterinary technicians. Well-utilized veterinary technicians have a positive impact on patient care, client service, quality of medicine, and quality of life for the veterinary health care team. The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in...

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Deadly deer virus detected in Western Washington yak

  |   Animal Health

  Last week, a Whatcom County veterinarian euthanized a six-year-old yak cow showing symptoms of Epizootic Hemorrhagic disease (EHD), a potentially deadly virus that primarily effects wild deer populations, but occasionally crosses over to cattle. A subsequent Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) necropsy confirmed the animal had EHD. Two other yaks from the herd died in recent weeks after displaying similar clinical signs such as stiff gate, drooling and nasal secretions that are consistent with EHD. According to the owner's report, the euthanized...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Young mountain goats housed in wildlife park – Peninsula Daily News Photos, data illustrate bond between animals and homeless owners in traveling exhibit – KNKX.org Why women leave medicine – Association of American Medical Colleges There Are 2 Types of Leaders: Water and Rock. Here's Why Both Are Important – Inc. The growing debate over spaying and neutering dogs – Washington Post FDA Proposes Banning Over-the-counter Antibiotic Sales – Dairy Herd Management   Posted October 11, 2019...

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Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease in Franklin and Walla Walla Counties

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Four cows in Franklin and Walla Walla counties were diagnosed last week with Epizootic Hemorrhagic disease (EHD), a potentially deadly virus that primarily effects wild deer populations but occasionally crosses over to cattle.  Veterinarians should be on the lookout for EHD symptoms such as excessive drooling, lethargy, difficulty walking, or oral and nasal lesions with ulceration, which are similar to the much more devastating foot-and-mouth disease. Fever and anorexia due to the oral erosions were seen in the recently diagnosed cattle....

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WSVMA DVM: Masterclass Webinar – Beyond Burnout: Invigorating Your Love of Veterinary Practice in 3 Simple Steps

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Join us Tuesday, October 15 at 12pm for our webinar on moving beyond burnout in veterinary practice to improve patient care, client care, and overall hospital flow. Chris Bundy, MD will be our guest speaker. Burnout and compassion fatigue are well known occupational hazards for veterinary professionals. While the key drivers of burnout and professional dissatisfaction stem from organizational and systems issues that often feel outside our control, personal resilience factors also play an important role, are within our control...

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In memoriam

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Dr. Pat Gavin (WSU, ‘71) passed away on June 26, 2019 at the age of 72 after battling prostatic cancer. Following graduation, Dr. Gavin began veterinary practice in Ft. Collins, CO and then went back to school for his PhD in Radiation Biology from Colorado State University. In 1980, he became boarded by the American College of Veterinary Radiology in radiation and radiation oncology. Dr. Gavin was on faculty at WSU/CVM for 29 years, serving as Department Chair of Veterinary...

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States Respond to Decrease in Student Loan Servicer Oversight

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Here’s what Inside Higher Ed reporter Andrew Kreighbaum recently wrote about the current administration’s reduction of student loan servicer oversight: “After the Trump administration dialed back oversight of student loan servicers, states have responded to demands from consumer groups by passing new laws targeting companies that handle millions of borrowers' payments.“ Kreighbaum added, “Lawmakers in a growing number of states have sought to tackle student debt as a consumer protection problem. Over the first half of 2019, legislatures have enacted...

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